We don’t want to have to keep reminding you that summer is ending, but sure enough, winter is coming and we want you to be prepared. We’ve shown you how to winterize and cover your pool, but what about all those supplies you’ve bought throughout the summer? How about all those pool chemicals you’ve acquired in the recent months? Let’s take a look at proper storage to preserve the chemicals you want to have ready to go for next spring, but more importantly how to store them and keep you and your family safe this winter.
If you have some rubber gloves and lab goggles, now’s the time to put them on because better safe than sorry!
First and foremost, keep all chemicals and any measuring cups/scoops that were included in the same container they came in. Considering these are chemicals means these products are subject to chemical reactions if inadvertently combined with another! Take note of what comes in each container, even label them, to maximize safety and chemical shelf life.
Most things state they should be kept in “cool, dry” locations. Chemicals are no different! They should be stored in a cool, dry location and you want that area to be well ventilated! Aside from personal safety, chlorine, for example, in the air can cause materials around it to become brittle or cause corrosion. Also, when possible, all chemical containers should be kept up off the floor.
Time for a Chemistry lesson! What should not be mixed with Chlorine? If you said acids, you’re correct! Where/how you decide to store your chemicals in relation to one another is also very important! This one might take you utilizing Google and pool experts for all your questions, but it’s important to learn some of the basic chemistry related to pool chemicals. Don’t keep incompatible chemicals near each other, or liquids on top of solids, etc.
This one’s a simple rule; always close the lids fully on chemical containers! Many pool chemicals begin their reactions with just a drop of water, so take the extra 10 seconds to make sure the lids are tightly closed. It’s seriously worth it.
Another simple rule, but an ever important one, is to keep your chemicals away from electricity and heat sources. If a shortage or a spark was to occur at either of these sources, these nearby chemicals could take one small spark into a large fire in no time.
Considering you’re reading this blog, you’re obviously pretty smart. Be responsible with these chemicals and familiarize yourself with these storage steps, and we’re sure you’ll have a quick, safe winter and it’ll be the time to re-open your pool soon enough.